Leon Joseph "Joe" Skank, 58, of Omaha, NE, passed away May 26, 2018 at the Immanuel Fontenelle Nursing Home in Omaha. Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 31, 2018 at the Loess Hills Funeral Home in Carson, IA. Military honors and burial will be in the Carson Cemetery. Visitation is from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at the funeral home.
Memorials: directed to the Carson or Macedonia American Legion Posts or to the Macedonia Legion Auxiliary
Leon Joseph "Joe" Skank, one of six children of Larry LaVern and Lora Irene (Cole) Skank, was born on February 18, 1960 in Red Oak, Iowa. Joe attended school at Carson-Macedonia where he excelled in music and band. He played the part of Tevye in the high school musical "Fiddler on the Roof". Joe graduated from Carson-Macedonia High School in 1978. Following graduation he joined the United States Marine Corps and was honorably discharged in 1981.
Joe and Kandis Cole were married on April 21, 1980 in Hermitage, Missouri. Joe became disabled on May 3, 1980 following a car accident.
Joe passed away on May 26, 2018 at the Immanuel Fontenelle Nursing Home in Omaha, Nebraska, where he had resided for 36 years. He attained the age of 58 years, 3 months, and 8 days. Joe was preceded in death by his father Larry Skank; paternal grandparents Alma and Vera Skank; maternal grandfather Ralph Cole; brother-in-law James Weifenbach; nephew Justice Mohn; and father-in-law Loren Cole.
Joe is survived by his wife Kandis Skank of Council Bluffs; mother Irene Skank of Carson; siblings, Sid (Tami) Skank of Carson, Lynn Skank (John Shull) of Council Bluffs, Lisa (Devon) Fulton of Plattsmouth, NE, Leslie (Todd) Frazier of Black Diamond, WA, and Karl (Lisa) Skank of Carson; grandmother Argie Cole of Henderson, IA; mother-in-law Donna Cole of Macedonia, IA; numerous nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.
A special thank you to all the staff at Immanuel Fontenelle Nursing Home for their care and compassion.
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Our thoughts and prayers to the family. Joe is walking with God and watching over is us all now. I remember all the band activities, Music Activities, class events and parties.
Joe used to coming out to the farm and spend the weekends with us working and riding our motor cycles. It is amazing how time passes but the memories last forever. RIP Joe....
I remember Joe as a big bear of a boy...and a very kind one. He always looked out for me on the sledding hill. I can recall too him keeping an eye out for me walking back from the bus stop.
I never got to see Joe in his crowning moment on stage; we'd moved by then, but I remember my Mom, who gave him piano lessons always remarked that he held great talent for music.
I am so glad for you, Joe, that you are now free. Say hello to Mom and Sister for me. Fly like an eagle and may your voice soar.
To the family, my heartfelt condolences for your loss of your loved one. As you cope with your loss, may you find comfort in knowing that God promises to put an end to all the things that have plagued mankind for centuries including pain and death (Rev 21:3,4). May these promises from God's word, the Bible give you comfort now and real hope for the future. My deepest sympathy
Semper Fi! Brother, CPL BR Bem USMC 1970
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